Monday, January 15, 2018

What's in Your Attic and What to Do About It.

This Thursday I get to present a Virtual Chapter meeting for the Utah Genealogical Association with my Dad.  We've given this presentation at RootsTech and at the BYU Family History Conference and I really enjoy presenting this one because it is something that we all deal with.  How do we work together to deal with all the stuff we've inherited?

Here is the description:

Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find.  This Father and Daughter team wants to do better.  What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes?  Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan?  Where do we put the most important items so that all of the family can find them?  How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?  

And here are the bios:
Don A Carpenter has a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Utah and B.A. and M.A. degrees from BYU.  He retired as Associate Commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education (State Board of Regents).  He also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Don was president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, president of the National Association of State Approving Agencies, and  president of the  Jordan (Utah) School Board.  He currently serves as a volunteer collecting histories at the LDS Church History Library.

Janet Carpenter Hovorka received a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Science from BYU.  She and her husband Kim own Family ChartMasters the official printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies and GenealogyDOTcoach, a new online service that helps family history enthusiasts connect to professionals to get the specific help they need.  Janet is also the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap book and workbooks to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history.  Janet shares her passion for the nutrition family history brings to the soul on her two blogs and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science, business and genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.  

You can register at

The UGA Virtual Chapter meets online on the third Thursday evening of each month, except December.  Free to the public, you can register for the live presentation by clicking on the link above or go to  You will receive an email confirmation and link to access the meeting when it starts.  Archived videos of these presentation are available to UGA members on the website.  If you would like to join the UGA. only $35 per year, go to and select the option "Join UGA!"